The decline of the Khmer Empire began in the 13th century, and by the 15th century the capital was relocated to Phnom Phen. In the 19th century, Cambodia became a French protectorate, marking the beginning of Western influence in the country. Cambodia gained independence from France in 1953 under King Norodom Sihanouk. However, the country faced political instability, including conflicts between various political factions, the rise of the Khmer Rouge, and the Vietnam War spilling over into Cambodian territory.
Despite tragedies of oppression and genocide in the 20th century, Cambodia has proved itself remarkably resilient, rebuilding its cultural heritage and opening itself to a growing tourism industry. Today, visitors to Cambodia receive a hospitable welcome and enjoy ancient wonders, vibrant culture, and untamed landscapes.
Visitors to Siem Reap cannot miss exploring the majestic temples of the Angkor Archaeological Park, immersing themselves in the grandeur of the Khmer Empire's architectural masterpiece. The park contains the largest religious complex in the world and is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Take a bike tour to the Temples of Angkor and watch dawn break over the iconic spires of Angkor Wat, a mesmerizing masterpiece that stands as a testament to the Khmer Kingdom's architectural prowess and ancient allure.
Delve into Cambodia's rich cultural heritage, where colorful Aspara dances and bustling markets entice your senses, while savoring delectable Khmer cuisine that tantalizes taste buds with its harmonious blend of flavors. Test your tastebuds against classic Cambodian cuisine such as Fish Amok and Khmer Noodles on a guided tour with food tastings.
Discover breathtaking natural beauty, from tranquil beaches to dense rainforests, or take a cycling tour around Tonle Sap to discover Southeast Asia’s biggest freshwater lake, and one of the most biodiverse habitats in the world. Or, embrace the serene charms of the countryside on a bike tour of the rural villages around Siem Reap. Meet locals and listen as they tell you about the routines of village life and the Khmer cultural heritage they fiercely preserve.
Visit the country’s capital, Phnom Phen, one of the few urban centers in this rugged, rural country. Take a guided tour to unearth Cambodia's tumultuous history, bearing witness to the royal splendor at the Royal Palace and the haunting remnants of the Khmer Rouge regime.